PARETO ADVISES AKADEMIBOKHANDELSGRUPPEN ON THE SUCCESSFUL PLACEMENT OF A SEK 500 MILLION SENIOR SECURED BOND
Pareto Securities AB has advised Akademibokhandeln AKB AB (publ) (together with its subsidiaries “Akademibokhandelsgruppen”), operating Sweden’s leading bookstore chain Akademibokhandeln and online bookstore Bokus, on placing a senior secured bond of SEK 500 million with a framework of SEK 700 million (the “Bonds”). The Bonds, maturing in March 2021, will bear a floating rate coupon of 3 month Stibor + 6.00 per cent, with interest paid quarterly. The proceeds from the transaction, together with existing cash, will be used to refinance existing debt, make a one-off distribution to the owners and for continued development of the business.
The transaction was very well received by the market, with participation primarily from Nordic institutional investors coupled with additional demand from continental Europe. Altogether, more than 70 investors participated in the heavily oversubscribed bond issue that closed after only a few hours of bookbuilding.
“We issue this bond to optimise the capital structure following the successful turnaround of Akademibokhandelsgruppen and we will continue to invest in the development of our digital offering and store concept” says Maria Hamrefors, CEO of Akademibokhandelsgruppen.
Pareto Securities AB acted as Sole Bookrunner in connection with the bond issue.
For more information please contact Mats Carlsson, CEO, at +46 8 402 52 86.
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